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Cultural Geography

How does culture contribute to the liveability of places? Which role does the landscape play in the establishment of a regional identity? How could tourism and heritage stimulate regional development?

These questions will be tackled in the master Cultural Geography. You will learn how culture and identity play a role in the liveability of cities and the countryside and the wellbeing of people. Central themes of the Master programme are culture, identity, liveability, landscape, tourism and heritage. You will explore the relations between these themes both theoretically and practically in several courses. You will study and apply these insights in the Netherlands and in international contexts, for example, during an annually organized field trip to a European city outside of the Netherlands. As a student in Cultural Geography, we offer the possibility to follow the Tourism Geography and Planning track. In this track you will approach liveability and identity questions specifically from the perspective of the tourism sector.

In the Master Cultural Geography you will develop a critical stance and practical insights into how you could support the social cohesion, resilience and adaptive power of communities and people to innovate. After graduating from this Master programme, you will be able to apply your insights in diverse policy, research and consultancy sectors including urban and rural development, heritage conservation, tourism and landscape management.

You will follow the master Cultural Geography and the master track Tourism Geography and Planning in Leeuwarden at the RUG/Campus Fryslân. Note that some compulsory and optional courses are still offered in Groningen.

If you are looking for a two year programme and are interested in doing research, you can also integrate the master in Cultural Geography with our two year top rated Research Master in Spatial Sciences.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MSc in Cultural Geography
Course type
Master
Duration
12 months (60 ECTS)
Croho code
60656
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Spatial Sciences
Why study this programme in Groningen?

The University of Groningen is the only university in the Netherlands that offers a Master in Cultural Geography. It is one of the few masters taught in Campus Fryslân. Students are trained with the necessary critical, analytical, methodological and theoretical tools to contribute to place-related liveability in society. Career perspectives vary from governments, NGOs and corporate roles.

Most compulsory courses are taught in Leeuwarden. All courses in the Tourism Geography & Planning track are offered in Leeuwarden. Two compulsory courses for the regular (non-track) programme (Revitalizing Neighbourhoods, Social Impact Assessment) are still taught in Groningen. Depending on the choice made by the student, optional courses for the regular programme may also be in Groningen.

Programme
Periods
CoursesCourse Catalog >1234
Fieldwork Cultural Geography (5 EC)
Place, Regions & Identities (5 EC)
Optional courses (10 EC)
Nature, Landscape & Heritage (5 EC)
Master's Thesis Cultural Geography (20 EC)
Qualitative Research Methods (5 EC)
Revitalizing Neighbourhoods (5 EC)
Social Impact Assessment (5 EC)

Curriculum

More information about these courses can be found on http://www.rug.nl/frw/education/master-info-frw/courses-master-cultural-geography. Starting from September 2017 all compulsory courses are taught in Leeuwarden.

Programme options
Tourism Geography and Planning (track)

The programme shown below refers to the standard curriculum of the Master Cultural Geography.

Students also have the option to follow the Tourism Geography and Planning track as part of the Master Cultural Geography. In this track, some of the courses of the standard programme are substituted by specific tourism courses. More details on the programme of the Tourism Geography and Planning track can be found here: https://www.rug.nl/masters/tourism-geography-and-planning/programme

More information about this option

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional

Each year dozens of students of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences stay at a foreign university as an exchange student. The faculty has exchange agreements with universities in Europe, New Zealand and the USA.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English on VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) (IELTS).
  • Minimum of 90 on the internet based version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 237 on the interactive version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland
previous education

Academic Bachelor degree in geography or social sciences, with some background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods. Research Universities bachelor degrees in Social, Rural, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; Sociology; Social Psychology; Landscape Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; International Relations; Land Use Planning.

other admission requirements

Premaster programmes

The following scheme shows a standard premaster programme for the Master Cultural Geography. Changes to this scheme remain possible, depending on the undergraduate programme of the applying student. For more information, please contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen (h.j.w.stoffelen@rug.nl).

1a Urbanism and planning, Physical geography 1b Statistics 1, People, place and culture 2a Statistics 2, Bachelorproject 2b Bachelorproject, Methods of academic research

Transfer options

Study programmeOrganizationTransition
Spatial Planning and DesignAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Human Geography and Urban and Regional PlanningAll Research universitiesNo additional requirements
Sociology and Social Research (research)All Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

for information contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen

PsychologyAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

for information contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen

Cultural Anthropology and Development SociologyAll Research universities

Deficiency program with a maximum of 30 EC

More information:

for information contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen

Liberal Arts and SciencesAll Research universities

No additional requirements

More information:

Direct access with Philosophy, Politics & Economics. Conditional access with Reflecting on Culture and Cognition & Behaviour. Please contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen in that case. No access with other majors.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test
  • English on VWO level
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (A, B or C)
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (A, B or C)
  • Minimum of 6,5 for the International English Language Testing System (Academic version) (IELTS).
  • Minimum of 90 on the internet based version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 580 on the written version of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum of 237 on the interactive version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Exemptions: native speakers or students with education from the US, Canada, Australia, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or Ireland
previous education

Academic Bachelor degree in geography or social sciences, with some background knowledge in Geography, including at least 10 ECTS in statistics and research methods. Research Universities bachelor degrees in Social, Rural, Human Geography and Urban and Regional Planning; Environment and Infrastructure Planning; Sociology; Social Psychology; Landscape Architecture; Cultural Anthropology; International Relations; Land Use Planning.

other admission requirements

Premaster programmes

The following scheme shows a standard premaster programme for the Master Cultural Geography. Changes to this scheme remain possible, depending on the undergraduate programme of the applying student. For more information, please contact master coordinator Arie Stoffelen (h.j.w.stoffelen@rug.nl).

1a Urbanism and planning, Physical geography 1b Statistics 1, People, place and culture 2a Statistics 2, Bachelorproject 2b Bachelorproject, Methods of academic research

Language requirements

ExamMinimum score
IELTS overall band6.5
TOEFL internet based90

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 August 201901 September 2019
15 January 202001 February 2020
15 August 202001 September 2020
EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students01 May 201901 September 2019
01 May 202001 September 2020
Tuition Fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 14600full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

You will find graduates of the Msc. Cultural Geography in a variety of places.

Our graduates get jobs with:

  • international organisations, such as UN and EU agencies;
  • national government departments;
  • regional and local government agencies;
  • commercial firms of all kinds
  • consulting firms
  • non-government organisations of various kinds
  • tourist agencies


To optimize the connection between the Master's program and the labour market, we try to stay in touch with our alumni, for example via the LinkedIn group Master Cultural Geography.

During the programme we offer support for your career preparation. The Career Services are provided by the Careers Company and the UG Career Services.

More information about the Careers Company
More information about the UG Career Services


See where our alumni end up in this graphic !

Research

Research in the Master

The research at the Department of Cultural Geography is strongly embedded in the research programme of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences.

It is labelled ‘tWIST: Towards Wellbeing, Innovation and Spatial Transformation’. Central in this research are experiences of local communities around the globe. The research in Cultural Geography focuses on place, identity and wellbeing and includes population decline and healthy aging.

Topics of recent research projects are:

  • Community participation;
  • Aging and wellbeing;
  • Innovation and rural transformation;
  • Socio-spatial consequences of population decline;
  • Heritage; evolution of the historical landscape;
  • Nature and health;
  • Entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility;
  • Employment opportunities
  • Housing and the living environment of the different groups in society;
  • Social impact assessment;
  • Social aspects of new technologies;
  • Social aspects of agriculture;
  • Social aspects of natural resource management;
  • Tourism and (cross-border) regional development; film and music tourism.

The research projects deal with the relations between people and place. Knowing your own 'place' is of fundamental importance for the formation of human identity and well-being. Cultural expressions such as art, architecture, rituals and language, and our knowledge and appreciation of nature and landscape interact with the physical environment to form our live stories and the liveability of places. Therefore, the ways in which we construct space and place are physical manifestations of both our imagination and our self-awareness. This perspective allows you to understand and explain differences between places, communities and the spatial behaviour of humans.

Our research is strongly empirical. Students will become familiar with qualitative and quantitative research methods during the Master, applied to the topics of place attachment, identity and liveability. Innovative research methods such as visual methodologies and location-based applications (social or soft GIS) can be used for the Master Thesis.

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Study associations

Ibn Battuta

Faculty Association of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences from the University of Groningen
https://www.ibnbattuta.nl/
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Study support

Courses in the Master of Cultural Geography are taught in groups of approximately 20-25 students. During your Master you intensively get to know the teachers and your fellow students. The teachers are enthusiastic and accessible. You will be given a personal supervisor for your Master's thesis research project. The research process is supported by discussing the different steps in the research process with the whole group of Master students.